Tom Danielson Professional Cyclist
"After long rides I always heard 'your eyes are so red!' The inference being I was totally spent on a hard stage. It turns out my ~4.75 contact lenses and naturally dry eyes were just wreaking havoc on my eyes. Getting the intraocular lens has made my life easier in just a few days. I can see better, ride better, and no longer have to worry about my contacts falling out when I'm riding”
Tom got another great 3rd place finish at the Tour of California in 2012! That is his second consecutive podium finish at the Tour of California. That is a excellent start to his racing year sets Tom up well for the Tour de France. In 2013 Tom is currently riding in the Giro and will race the Tour de France. Two of the grand tours!
Tommy D Video Logs
ICON is producing short video logs through the 2012-2013 seasons documenting the life of a pro cyclist. Bookmark this page or subscribe to get the latest videos as they are releases throughout the year.
- ICON LASIK Video Log #2 - Tom Danielson on his 2012 race schedule. The latest was filmed before Tom injury in Malaysia but still holds true for all of the events after.
- ICON LASIK Video Log #1 - Watch Tom's video on this season
Tom on what vision correction means to him
Icon LASIK patient Tommy D finishes 9th in The Tour de France
Congratulations to Tom Danielson for finishing 9th in the 2011 Tour de France! It was Tom's first Tour de France and he was obviously ready. Tom also finished 3rd at this years Tour of California. Next up for Tom is the USA Pro Cycling Challenge which starts August 22nd in Colorado Springs. Icon will be at every stage starting in Colorado Springs. Stop by our tent to pick up a hat or setup an appointment. Tom will also be stopping by the tent at various stages.
Tom Receives the Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens)
Like a certain percentage of the population Tom was not a good candidate for LASIK. Tom suffered from dry eyes which were exacerbated by his long hours training for the toughest bike races in the world. The doctors at Icon LASIK recommended that Tom receive the Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens), created by STAAR® Surgical Company. The Visian ICL is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) used for the treatment of myopia and other refractive errors. The simplest way to explain this is to think of an IOL as a very high tech semi-permanent (it's surgically removable) contact lens.
How the ICL works
The Visian ICL rests in front of the eye's lens leaving the natural structure of the eye intact. This is preferred in case the ICL should ever have to be removed. This varies from cataract surgeries where the eye's natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. The removal of the eye's lens in cataract surgery is necessary because of the nature of the disease (a clouding of the lens). Whereas an ICL patient's lens is healthy and does not need treatment.
The ICL has a unique negatively charged collagen which reduces long term inflammation. This is ideal for quick recovery and an almost indefinite length of use.
LASIK vs ICL - Is LASIK or the ICL better?
LASIK is a great choice for most patients. However, some patients are not candidates for LASIK. When you are not a candidate for LASIK the IOL is an excellent choice. It is more expensive, however, the results are typically extremely good with minimal side effects.
The cost of Intraocular Lens (ICL) in Denver, Loveland, or Grand Junction starts out at $3500 per eye
The cost of the ICL procedure starts at $3500 however this varies depending upon several factors.